Author Marlo Mack and Mermaid’s Darren Mew on allyship, trans visibility and normalising transness

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“I’m immensely grateful to all transgender people who have stepped into the public eye as advocates and role models” BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY WILL AUSTIN Near the beginning of this month, I read Marlo Mack’s memoir How To Be A Girl, where she documents her journey as a single mother raising her young transgender [….]

Marlo Mack’s How To Be A Girl is essential reading

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How can parents support their transgender children in the world that we live in? BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY WILL AUSTIN Earlier this week, Marlo Mack’s memoir How To Be A Girl released in the UK. Long time followers of her podcast of the same title will know that Marlo is a single mother raising [….]

Rainbow Migration, Stonewall and Mermaids partner to fight for LGBTQI refugees in the Nationality And Borders Bill

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The cost of this bill in its current form will be immensely damaging to members of our LGBTQI community BY KEAH LILY, IMAGE BY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS In July 2021 Home Secretary Priti Patel proposed the Nationality And Boarders Bill (2021). This bill represents the biggest attack on the refugee system that we have ever seen [….]

E’s conversion therapy story

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“The ban needs to be in place. Conversion therapy is abuse. The evidence speaks for itself” BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE VIA SHUTTERSTOCK * Content warnings: transphobia, homophobia, self-harm  In May of this year, the government announced plans to ban conversion therapy. Earlier this month, the government announced an extension of the consultation on the legislation [….]

London’s new LGBTQIA community centre to open in December

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Opening on 1 December, the space will provide community support for LGBTQI people across the capital BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY MONSTERA VIA PEXELS In an exciting moment for LGBTQIA people living in the capital, a new LGBTQIA-specific community centre has been confirmed to open in London on 1 December. Forming a six-month pop-up on [….]

ONLINE EVENT: Join DIVA for the MERMAID watch party on 15 September

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Introducing the award-winning short film by Fia Perera BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY HER MOVIES Fellow movie buff, are you in the need for a queer movie night in? 15 September promises to be an engaging evening, so save the date! Join Dawn Fields, Fia Perera, Debra Wooton, Susie Green, Hilliard Guess and DIVA’s very [….]

NEWS: Trans activists criticise High Court ruling on puberty blockers

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Campaigners say the landmark ruling will cause devastation for the trans community BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Trans young people have been left facing an uncertain future following a High Court ruling on puberty blockers described by some as “devastating”. Children under the age of 16 experiencing gender dysphoria are “highly unlikely” to be [….]